Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard announced that Mary Ann Powell has accepted the position of city attorney, effective Oct. 1. She replaces Joe Morris, who resigned in February. Sugar Land City Council consented to the city manager’s appointment of Powell on Sept. 4, an action required by the City Charter.
Powell has 25 years of municipal law experience, including 20 with the City of Missouri City as Assistant City Attorney and City Attorney. She most recently served as first assistant attorney for the City of College Station. Like Sugar Land, College Station is the largest metropolitan area in its county and serves as the region’s leader in economic development, business, education and medicine.
Powell’s accomplishments include drafting and negotiating economic development agreements and multimillion dollar real estate transactions, as well as major reorganizations of city legal processes, programs and regulations.
“Sugar Land is a cutting edge city with a robust economy,” said Powell. “I work best in this type of an environment, where I can challenge both my staff and myself to better serve our client, the City. My goal is to create strong working relationships that help maintain Sugar Land’s position as a leader in municipal government.”
An extensive interview process resulted in Powell’s selection as one of three finalists for Sugar Land’s vacant city attorney position. Powell emerged as the strongest candidate after several interviews, including a day-long process, that included meetings with the city manager, staff and City Councilmembers.
Powell received a bachelor of arts from St. Louis University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Houston Law School. She has also served as the executive editor of the Houston Journal of International Law.
“I am very excited to have Mary Ann join our staff,” said Bogard. “She brings the experience and skills needed as the city continues to grow and prosper. We are looking forward to welcoming her back to Sugar Land and Fort Bend County.”